Masterpieces to Be Presented in San Miguel
By Jack Watson
More than 50 paintings and sculpture pieces will be presented from March 7 at Gallery Gleason Ray in Fabrica La Aurora. Some of these pieces were exhibited in the Middle East, UK, Austria, Holland, and other countries in the European Union and Americas. Lynne Gleason began her artistic career through the important influence of her mother. It is dedicated to working various genres during her career.
The Noble Horse
By Lynne Gleason
Sat, Mar 7, 6pm
Galería Gleason Ray
Fábrica La Aurora
With a huge capacity, Gleason captures the power, sensitivity, grace, elegance, strength, and essence of horses. She captures the magnificence of the horse in shape and movement.
While Gleason has had a lifelong passion for horses, her epiphany came when she and her husband Howard lived in London. They lived in an apartment overlooking the Cavalry of the Guard, and she began painting the Queen’s horses and the Royal Guards, whom she could see from their balcony. When the Commanding Officer of the cavalry saw her work, he was delighted, and offered a study in their barracks with access to the stables, as well as training sessions and actual performances. A magnificent book that illustratesGleason’s drawings, watercolors, and paintings of British ceremonial horses is entitled All the Queen’s Horses. She was invited to work with the military and ceremonial horses from France, Holland, and Austria. Her work is in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Marlborough, the Household Cavalry, and many others. The Museum of the Netherlands chose one of her works for its permanent collection.
Gleason’s fascination with the power and magnificence of the Arabian horse will remain the focus of her art, exploring the central and pivotal role in the story of how our world would be today without the equine influence. She says: “I’m fascinated by power, spirit, and softness of the horse. I marvel at how they can be so friendly, so independent, yet willing to serve, even as free and fair. They are, as has been so wonderfully expressed, the nobility without pride, beauty without vanity, friendship without envy.”
Jack Watson is the President Commissioner of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.